Vertical Wine Bistro
Vertical Wine Bistro

Vertical Wine Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.verticalwinebistro.com/
  • Phone: (626) 795-3999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Laurent Quenioux
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: We offer offsite wine dinners for parties of 12-65.
  • Private Party Facilities: Vertical Wine Bistro takes the quintessential notion of wine bar to new heights. Located in Old Pasadena, Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list and delectable American bistro menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Manuel Mesta 6267953999
  • Special Events: For Private Party and Banquets call Manuel Mesta 626-795-3999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union St.
  • Public Transit: Metro Gold Line 1 block away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered on both sides of Raymond - southbound or northbound
A word from Vertical Wine Bistro
Wine Bistro serving California bistro- style menu. Over 420 wine selections, 50 by the glass and wine flights from around the world. Full bar and imported beers as well as draft.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Vertical Wine Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (25)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (22)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (14)good for groups (11)hot spot (11)special occasion (9)late-night find (7)Show More
  • TP2014VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The service was outstanding. Didn't eat much because was meeting a friend after a personal tragedy but the wine selected by the server was great and he saw in our eyes something was up and even brought over a comped Creme brûlée. Crowded. Buzz in the air. Cute. Upstairs. Reminded me of some east coast places more than LA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointing Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The restaurant is very noisy. The menu choices contained bacon in too many items. Was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Expensive for just OK
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Service was fair, had to wave her down a few times even though restaurant was empty, meals did not come out at same time, food was good, loved my risotto, the osso bucca was Ok and the Beef Boug. was good but needed something more for the side dish, mashed potatoes might have been better. All in all, the cost of the meal was really expensive for what we had.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit
    DiningduoVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was our second visit and we had mostly good food. The Sunday Lobster supper was pretty good. Lobster and lobster roll were tasty. The bisque was only okay that came with it but the price was very good for the entire supper-$28. The Oso Buco was tender. A nice dish on a cooler evening. The place gets loud the later the night gets but it is not too bad. Like the look and feel of the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of Tribeca in Pasadena
    Mmmmmmgoooood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great ambiance! Long communal table was full but had plenty of smaller tables if that's more your cup of tea. Food was good not great. Beet salad was fantastic but ceviche was meh. Pumpkin gnocci was close to wonderful but missed by a bit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've been here a number of times before and, while the service has never been stellar, it's been passable. We had a party of three and our service was non-existent throughout the night. We had to flag someone down whenever we needed anything. Worse of all, my entree came out with the appetizers, so was cold by the time I had finished the first course. Then I had to eat, while my companions sat there with no food for quite awhile. No one checked on us throughout the meal. I have no idea who our waiter was. The appetizers were delicious (ceviche & mussels) but we found the entrees (beef bourguignon & osso bucco) tasted exactly the same, as if the same seasoning were used on both. Disappointing evening. Pity that the service was so poor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gf4r
    gf4r
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our experience was perfect in every way. Great atomsphere, top-notch service and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid & Exceptional for Old Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've lived in the area and there's always the same ole same ole...this place is not the same ole same ole. Something different, off the beaten path of Colorado (it's on Raymond) but not too far to discourage a walk off the Old Town strip for a restaurant with great service, ambiance, bar scene, food, wine list...etc. Definitely a must try and must stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    DivaliciousDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was a bit disappointed with our favorite Pasadena restaurant on a Friday night. New ownership has changed the attitude, menu, ambience, and staff. Still great to see our favorite waiter Eric who never disappoints! Wish we could have seen our regular bartender Ernesto! Hope they can recapture the wonderful Vertical Vibe we have loved from the start...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lounge scene/ Not a romantic spot.
    Lunavci
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Passed this restaurant when walking pasadena. Inside decor looked nice and romantic with dim lighting. Tought I'll be a good place for a date night with the wifey but i was wrong. Place is definitely more of lounge to hang with friends and get apps. Music was blasting so had to yell over table to talk. Ordered the duck and it came out looking like carne asada fries with an egg cracked on top but tasted ten times worse. Fried calamari was too greasy and lacked flavor. Only thing they got right was the margharita pizza. On the positive service was great and place was lively if your looking for a drinking spot. Just stick with basic apps or get recommendation from friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upstairs Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food and the service are excellent. We really enjoyed our dinner and look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale but salty
    NearbyWorker
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Surprisingly salty dishes but very good. Mushroom and shrimp risotto excellent and wines of course delicious. We were hoping for a quieter experience for a family birthday celebration but found ourselves needing to speak loudly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fantastic menu and wine selection - will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great romantic place
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    From the lovely French scenic entrance to the wine display inside, the place screams romance. These are some must tries: Wine flights and braised short ribs. I would come here on any dating occasion or just a casual hang out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • decent food
    kittyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Decent food items on the menu and the service was great. It is busy on a Saturday evening, reservation is recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • innovative dishes
    Primates
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    food was flavorful and very innovative. Watermelon lobster gazpacho was excellent as were the short ribs, lobsters and pork dish that we ordered. Duck portion was a bit small considering that it was supposed to be one of the larger plates. Great ambiecne
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food in a great setting
    Lauriesopas
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always love drinks at Vertical and finally had dinner there. What a wonderful, fresh, inventive menu! All around fun spot, and a great fit for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vertical is always delicious
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    always happy to come to vertical. the food is yummy. the servers are knowledgeable about pairing the wine and if uncertain, they will gladly ask assistance from chef or sommelier. It's a little too noisy on the bar side, generally prefer a table in the back room, but this evening there was a private party. There's music playing, but it can't be heard over the din of the bar side conversation. No matter, as always, we had a fun evening there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Straight-Up Nice
    BroadwayFanVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Enjoyed some tasty small shared plates, a cocktail, and a glass of wine with a friend. The ceremony of starting at the communal table or lounge seats before being escorted to a reserved table was a little over-the-top, and unnecessarily showy. If the table wasn't ready yet (but the place was 100% empty when we got there), we should have just been told to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service is always friendly, knowledgable, and engaging. Great wines and happy atmosphere. Menu has a nice mix of light/small dishes and heavier ones. Both are almost always worth coming back to...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    SoCalGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The filet mignon was amazing. The Napa Wine Flight had some incredible wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, only ok service
    EasyGoer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my wife out for an unplanned date night without our two toddlers. Found Vertical Wine bistro via OpenTable search and hoped for best. Pros: great entry way, though the style walking in does not match the dining room at all; open menu allowing some freedom in ordering. Great mussels and gnocchi; very happy with the drink menu. Cons: service is slow. Not sure if it's quality of serving staff or quality of host/hostess for overstating our waiter. The cod was way too salty, tried to send back- was refused. Not that big a deal, but annoying. All in all we had a good meal for a decent price; I would reccomend as an option if you're in old Pasadena and get hungry - but not as a destination dinner local.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 455 reviews are from the Vertical Wine Bistro reviews archive.
  • One of my favorites, but.....
    NiniVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The Vertical is one of my favorite restaurants and we frequently dine there. This past Sunday, we ordered from their BBQ menu for the first time and it was a big mistake. Whole turkey legs were the featured Sunday BBQ and they were very dry, although drowned in BBQ sauce. The corn on the cob was delicious but it would have been helpful it they'd provided tools to handle it or if they kitchen would have taken the kernels off the cob. Other sides were good. Service was excellenet, as usual. I would never order from their featured BBQ again. Should have stayed with their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    WeLove2Eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We found Vertical through dineLA. The food was great, especially the duck, lobster bisque and deserts. The service was good. We opted for the wine pairing. When I didn't care for one of the wines (nothing wrong with it, I just wasn't thrilled), the server replaced it with no issues. I really appreciated that. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place in Old Town Pas
    jamessVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Really enjoyed the overall experience. Good food well prepared and well served. A nice Saturday night dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place/great food-bad service
    RILEYVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    With both our mothers in town and both their birthdays to celebrate during DINE LA week, we looked for a great spot near their hotels to take them out and celebrate. The DINE LA menu was okay, though only half of us ordered off it. My boyfriend and I are both gluten-free and noticed that only their regular menu designated GF vs. non-GF, so we inquired what on the DINE LA menu was GF. Our waiter told us that everything was, including the Gnocchi, which I found hard to believe but the boyfriend ordered it. When our salads arrived with croutons, I knew that we had been misinformed and called the manager over. He at least was helpful and changed our orders as well as confirmed the rest of our order w/the chef. We were not attended to there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Had a fantastic time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again, Just Great!
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a great dinner again! Part of what makes a nice dining experience is the service. Our waiter is always accommodates us no matter what and then he has to relay our requests to the kitchen. Corn fritters with salmon is a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster Dinner a Hit!
    aintgotmoney
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We took friends to Vertical Wine Bar to celebrate a birthday. We went on Sunday and we had the lobster dinner special. It was lovely. The service was attentive. We went early because one of our party has a hearing problem. The noise level was just starting to rise as we left. Our friends seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. They have a superior Happy Hour, too, which we can recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled Cheese Wednesday a MUST!
    looking4theyummy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    If you like your grilled cheese all grown up, you must hit the Vertical Bistro on Wednesday nights. The Croque Monsieur was decadent and delicious beyond my wildest dreams. And the shortrib with fig jam and other goodies - ordered on a funky whim - was also absolutely delightful. Great ambience, too, if a bit too loud for my taste. But I would definitely go back and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My sister can't get enough of The Walking Dead, and when she heard the producer had a restaurant right here in Pasadena, she had to try it. Happy we did. Really cool venue. Its entrance is this charming old stairway. And then once inside it's got this cool, modern vibe. Kind of sceney, but not so loud you can't talk. Food was yummy, drink list extensive, and service impeccable. Really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local find
    Lauren
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were visiting Pasadena and stumbled upon this gem. When we first walked in the ambience stuck us - from the lighting to the fireplace along with the banquette seating. The food was excellent, and of course, the wines. Martha, our server, made the entire experience a true pleasure. We'll be back.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a pleasure
    Up2snuf
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had the Sunday lobster dinner, it was delicious and a real deal for $25.00!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I miss "Braised Lamb Shank"
    Yasu360VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I really liked the restaurant when I went there a year ago. I had wonderful Braised Lamb Shank and Mac & cheese. My friends enjoyed their other dishes. When I visited again at the day of Pasadena make music festival, Braised Lamb Shank was already gone out of menu. So we ordered other dishes=Pappardelle Pasta, Gnocchi, Chorizo Meatball, and Mac & Cheese. However, all dishes except Mac & Cheese are enormously so salty that we could not keep eating. We both faced each other how salty those dishes are. I liked the restaurant before, but I don't think I will visit again for those dishes. It was not worth what we paid for. I still like ambiance though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was diverse, interesting, and full of flavor. Loved the many tasting opportunities that the menu provided!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Not Great.
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The Bar is vibrant and loud. The noise from the bar spills over into the restaurant. The food is okay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor ambience
    FunWithFood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We used to love this place. We went twice before and had a lovely dinner with tasteful ambience where we could have a conversation. We just brought my parents there during their visit and the atmosphere was horrible this time. Loud booming music like a club so we had to shout through dinner to hear each other. I don't know if management has changed, but this change has turned us off. Even though the food is good and they have nice wines we may not go back there any more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I love this place- I keep coming back because the food is great and the atmosphere is what I prefer too. Oh and great wine choices.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine Bar & Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The cheese & charcuterie were amazing, as well as the short ribs. Our waitress was wonderful. The kitchen must have messed up on something because one hour lapsed between our appetizers (when they cleared them away) and entrees. However, our waitress was so apologetic, and brought my husband a beer and a glass of wine for me, to make up for the delay. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    Up2snuf
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We went for the Sunday night Lobster dinner special and it was wonderful as always and a real bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet